O let the earth bless the Lord

NOT only did the animals of the air and sea, for the sea itself, as the air and fire, on former occasions which we have mentioned, exemplified their obedience to the venerable man.

For it is no wonder that every creature should obey his wishes, who so faithfully, and with his whole heart, obeyed the great Author of all creatures.

But we for the most part have lost our dominion over the creation that has been subjected to us, because we neglect to obey the Lord and Creator of all things.

St Bede, “Life of St Cuthbert”, Chapter XXI. Read at Mediaeval Sourcebook.

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O LET the earth bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.

Ullswater in the English Lake District. © Chris Heaton, Geograph. Used under licence.

Ullswater in the English Lake District. © Chris Heaton, Geograph. Used under licence. Click to see the original.

O ye mountains and little hills, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
O all ye things that grow in the earth, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.

O ye mountains, bless ye the Lord: Praise and exalt him above all for ever.
O ye seas and rivers, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.

O all ye fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.

A kittiwake and her chick, on Inner Farne. © Gordon Hatton, Geograph. Used under licence.

A kittiwake and her chick, on Inner Farne (where St Cuthbert's hermitage stood). © Gordon Hatton, Geograph. Used under licence. Click to see the original.

O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
O Israel, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.

From “The Song of the Three Children”, in the Book of Daniel (LXX). Translation by Sir Lancelot Brenton.

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